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EyeCorps working to end cataract blindness

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People working together for one goal

Our Goal is to reduce Cataract Blindness.

Our team is made up of doctors, nurses, technicians, business executives and global outreach specialists.

Working together we are restoring sight  and we are having a blast doing it.

Why? .. because we have the privilege to be "humans at our best".

Helping each other...

Changing the world

 Improving the quantity, quality, and accessibility of cataract services 

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The Problem

 Cataract remains a leading cause of vision loss in  developing countries. Cataract blindness is treatable, fixed by a 15-20 minute surgical procedure. 

In developing countries, there are not enough surgeries being performed so there is a  back-log that keeps increasing.

THE ANSWER:  MORE Surgeries!

How do we do this?

Assist current surgeons to increase the quality and quantity of surgery being performed.  

-Train more surgeons

 -Provide access to equipment

- Training for nurses and assistants

for outreach screenings.


Global Cataract blindness is fixable 

It will take all of us, working together empowering each other to reduce numbers

No one organization can do it all 

But we are all pieces of the puzzle 


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Have we have found the secret to happiness?

We think so. 

Being part of something bigger than oneself...

Part of a team that is doing good.

Changing the world,

One person at a time,

Touching another's life and making it better.

Working with others who are dedicated to humanity.

It is a privilege to be part of this team

To belong to something greater than yourself 

 

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Working side by side

We are made up of an amazing group of people who are dedicated to our patients and providing them with excellent care We are doctors, nurses, technicians, residents, students, administrators, scientists, teachers and super trouble shooters.

How we work

What is a cataract?

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A cataract is an opacification of the eye’s crystalline lens, (which is normally transparent).  

The most common symptoms of a cataract are:

  • Cloudy or blurry vision.
  • Glare. 
  • Poor night vision.
  • Double vision .
  • Eventually, if left untreated   the vision is so poor it is reduced  to counting fingers or light perception.





How is it Treated?

By cataract surgery 

Under sterile conditions

Using a microscope to see the eye close up the surgeon makes an incision  on the white part (sclera) of the eye. The patient white or brown lens is removed and a clear plastic lens is placed in the same spot . The eye is closed. 

Sight is returned.


Who do we work with?

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  • Our first projects are in Tanzania
  • We are partnering with Tanzanian cataract surgeons. 
  • Providing education, equipment and team support. 
  • We are a US-Tanzanian team learning from each other. A true partnership of professionals.
  • Our goal is increase the number of successfully performed cataract surgeries 
  • to provide equipment with long term loans that have no cost to the provider just a commitment to use the equipment and have the poor included in their care.


How can you help?

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Welcome to the team! Your donation will help bring sight and a new life to those with cataract blindness. 


Sponsor a doctor.

Provide a scholarship for a nurse or technician

Donate a microscope

Donate a Biometry unit

Donate an intraocular  lens 


Looking for a gift that will change a life?

For Cataract Surgery  

  • $50        for one 
  • $100      for two
  • $1000   sight for 20  
  • $10,000  a microscope 
  • $15,000  Vitrectomy machine for complex cases
  • $100,000   2,000 people get surgery  and 2000 families changed!
  • $500,000 10,000 surgeries (probably more with this volume we can be extremely efficient)

Please send donations to 

Eye Corps Inc

1601 Elm Street, Suite 3500, Dallas, TX 75201

How does Cataract Removal change a life?

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Treatment is surgical, removing the lens and replacing it with an artificial lens.It gives  vision 

Indépendance

 Joy

The ability to work again

Improve the economics of the family



Women helping women

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Gender and Blindness

Close to two-thirds of the world’s blind are women. In the industrialised countries this is because women live longer than men, but in non-industrialised settings, where cataract is responsible for most blindness, it is simply because women do not get to access services with the same frequency as men. For example the cataract surgical coverage among women in sub-Saharan Africa and south Asia is nearly always lower, sometimes only half that in men.


Team work

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Globally about 50 million people are blind, and of this figure 64% are women. This equals an age-adjusted rate of 39% greater than for men. This figure could increase to 75 million by 2020 unless increased efforts are made to prevent blindness

We could sure use your help

Looking for a gift that will change a life?  

$50        gives sight for one 

$100       gives two people vision

$1000     gives 20 people their vision

$10,000  a microscope 

$15,000  A vitrectomy for complex cases

$100,000   2,000 people see and 2000 families changed!


Please send your donation to 

Eye Corps Inc. 

1601 Elm Street, Suite 3500, Dallas, TX 75201

Or  Donate below 

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

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We are here to get the job done. Look out blindness, we're coming for you

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Be part of the change

Why not change the world with us! Give the gift of vision.  

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Empowering Doctors to do what they do best

Can you imagine studying for 6-8-10 years

  • Paying your tuition 
  • Graduating with the honorable medical degree
  • AND THEN..
  • Having the skills, knowledge to treat your patients
  • BUT NOT HAVING the tools, equipment and medicines necessary to do your work
  • You can diagnosis but can not treat  


Our job is to find these doctors and help them get on their way

For an ophthalmologist office it can take $50,000-100,000 USD investment in 

basic equipment : a slit lamp, indirect ophthalmoscope 20 diopter lens, 90 diopter lens, keratometer,  a B- scan and an A-scan.

For the OR a Microscope, sterilizer, instrument trays, a vitrectomy, consumables, and a consignment of IOLS.

IF a BANK won't loan you the money to purchase? 

How do you take care of your patients? 



Women's Blindness

Cataracts dominate all causes of blindness and visual impairment around the world, and

it is clear that women are more likely than men to develop them. A recent global survey

estimated that two-thirds of all cataract blindness was in women. However, ratios vary in

different settings. One study in Pakistan, for example, found that the prevalence of cataract blindness was twice as high among women as among men. Evidence from epidemiological

studies suggests that biological sex differences play a significant part in this excess of cataracts among women but the mechanisms behind this are not yet clear.

The second major example of inequities in vision between women and men is trachoma

which is still endemic in more than 50 countries. Over time, repeated infections result in

the development of scar tissue on the inside of the eyelid. This may eventually lead to

trichiasis, from a resultant entropion, eventually leading to corneal abrasion, ulceration,

perforation and ultimately the loss of sight.

The facts are clear women carry a higher burden of blindness, yet as a group they receive less than half of the services provided.

The reasons for this are varied.

In many families, the health of women is simply not prioritised, particularly if it's a condition that’s not life threatening.  For some women, it can be harder to travel for treatment because of family responsibilities. For others, a lack of education means they aren't even aware they can get help. 

In some communities there is a sense of shame surrounding any type of disability, including vision impairment. In Pakistan, for example, women are often afraid to be seen as a burden on the family and ashamed about being blind, so may not seek services.


 The Vision 2020 Initiative aims to eliminate all avoidable blindness by 2020 but pays little or no attention to issues of gender equity. Similar criticisms can be made of the most recent initiative from the WHO. Though its Universal Eye Health: A Global Action Plan for the Prevention of Blindness 2014–2019 did adopt the principles of universal health coverage (UHC) it paid almost no attention to goals, targets and indicators related to equality between women and men. Unless this ‘gender blindness’ is tackled in both research and service delivery, it seems likely that a large percentage of people who are still blind in 2020 will be women living in in the poorest parts of the world.

 


There is a gender gap present in almost every aspect of women's lives. Access to education, political representation, employment opportunities, wage disparity and even physical safety are areas where women across the world are frequently at a disadvantage.

What is less commonly known is the gender gap that exists when it comes to sight.

At least 55 per cent of the world’s blind are women and most live in low and middle income countries. Women are also 1.3 times more likely to be blind or vision impaired than men, and most significantly, four out of five of them don’t need to be blind, as their eye conditions can be easily prevented or treated.
It is time to make this a priority for women to get the care they need.


And the Eye Corps is calling this out and making it known.

More than 20 million women in the world are blind and a further 120 million women are visually impaired, We are advocating for our sisters, mothers, daughters, grandmothers and our girlfriends

Cataracts be warned... we are coming for you.

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Do you want to be part of the solution?

We are always interested in others ideas to help deliver care in a safe high quality yet cost effective manner. 


PHOTOS by Micheal Schoenfled

EyeCorps, Inc

1601 Elm Street, Suite 3500, Dallas, TX 75201